This weeks spotlight is on jack of all trades, musician and entrepreneur Yajna:
How did you get into music?
I’ve always been into music and grew up in a family of musicians. My mother is a composer and have always worked as an organ player in the church, my dad is a guitarist and my brother plays drums and guitar. At the age of 7 I performed solo for the first time at the age of 10 I wrote my first song. Music has always been a way for me to relax and to connect with myself and others, through music I have always felt I can express the true me. Ever since I was a child I’ve been dreaming of being an artist and being on stage! I started a Gospel Choir with my mom as a teenager that I kept going for many years. But for some years I put music aside, and focused on family life.
After a very mentally challenging marriage, with a husband that wasn’t always treating me well, we divorced and I was so fragile and couldn’t eat or sleep for almost half a year. I was a total wreck, and lost so much weight. All this lead me into a dark and deep depression, that ended up in a psychosis. It was so dark at a point that I lost my will to live. I was in a very bad state of mind. The love for my children made me seek professional help, I knew I had to be there for my children , they needed their mom. So the love for my children and music saved my life! During this dark time of life, music started to come back to me, and kept my hope up. I recovered from my depression as if it was a miracle! Everyone around was afraid I wouldn’t make it alive out of the depression.
When I started to get better, I had this vision, I am the Rising Phoenix! I’ve been in the deepest darkness and now I was rising from ashes into fire as a Phoenix, that was how my amazing journey into music started.
What made you want to start INACTION?
I’ve been in the actionsport scene since I was 11 and I’ve always loved the movement, its a lifestyle. But being a woman in actionsport wasn’t always easy, its a very man dominated world. So I had to work harder, prove my talent more, be stronger and play the game with a lot of rules set up by men. With INACTION we wanted to help and inspire girls/women into the actionsport scene and we wanted to build a platform for women to interact together. We made a great impact in the actionsport world, and we helped a lot of women into sponsorship, interact and make new contacts, into creating business together and most importantly, we did kick ass when it comes to organize competitions and events, we did it BIG times and got a lot of amazing feedback.
After INACTION there has come a lot of women based companies working for the benefits of building up the scene for women, I love that!
Who/what are your inspirations/influences?
I’m inspired by my mom. She is an amazing woman! Strong, loving and never afraid to show love, express herself and being true to yourself.
I’m also inspired by other strong female artists such as Oprah, Rihanna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Madonna and of course the amazing Whitney Houston. They are all strong independent women, never afraid to speak their minds. And they have built up their own success and are all icons. They show the world that hard work, right mindset and being smart can take you beyond your wildest dreams.
A big inspiration to my music is my own experiences. I write about things that I’ve been through and things that people can relate to. I want to be a source of inspiration for others, and I want people to think like, if she can do it, I can do it, and just do it!
What’s your biggest success or achievement so far?
That is without no doubt becoming a mother! That’s my greatest success in life, my greatest gift and my greatest love!
When it comes to my career I would say my biggest success was overcoming depression and getting the vision of becoming the Rising Phoenix. I started from nothing, and I now have my own record label, an entertainment company and I’ve become an artist, my biggest dream has become my life! I’m so grateful for the strength and power I have to keep pushing myself everyday.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I live a very active life, and I love being with family and friends, having dinners and just relax. I love spending time with my children, either in the slopes snowboarding or home listening to music, playing music or making music together. I’m in love with my kids! I’m also in love with music and I think about music 24/7.
I travel a lot and spend many hours travelling, that gives me time to listen to music and write new lyrics.
Since I love actionsports I snowboard a lot during season, and I ride dirtbikes summertime. I’m also a snowboarding teacher in the snowboard section, helping kids into the scene, I love that! I love exercising and I’m a vegan, so living a healthy lifestyle is a part of my life. My lifestyle helps me to stay focused and in shape. Living the life I do requires keeping yourself in shape to stay focused and to keep yourself together.
What does work-life balance mean to you?
Its all about listening to yourself and what you need. And to find time for yourself in life. No one will thank you if you over work yourself. Its very important to find time in life to recover and to just reflect. For me I always make time for being outdoors and to exercise. I also need time for myself to just recoup over life. We all have an inner voice telling us what we need, listen to that voice and be true to yourself. We need rest, good food, social life and something that inspire us!
Being close to nature is also something that helps me de-stress after a busy day.
What’s next for you/your business?
I’m releasing my trilogy of the Rising Phoenix, and that’s so big for me!
I’m working on my album that I will release during 2020 and I also started to work on another album! And I’m shooting some music videos for my trilogy soon. I’m also getting into a new field, becoming a jewellery designer! hopefully I can launch the jewellery line soon, I’m so excited about that! I’m also promoting my documentary about me, my life and what I’ve been through. My next project is also to write a book about myself.
I’m also looking to expand my record label to sign other artists.
How do you handle criticism or setbacks?
I respect the opinion people have regarding my music, business or me as a person. I can only get back to myself thinking, they don’t know me, their job is to give feedback, write articles or whatever there might be, and I don’t expect everyone to love what I do, that’s just part of the deal kind of. And I always try to see setbacks as a way of taking another direction in life and I always try to make it into something positive. Setbacks makes me work for my cause even harder and with more passion. I’m a fighter and I’m a lover of life, life is beautiful and we create our own destiny. I live by the device of Think it. Believe it. Receive it. Law of attraction.
What advice would you give to people starting out?
Don’t let anyone tell you that your dream or goal is unachievable. Follow your dreams and your heart. Work with people that share your vision and that you trust. There are many out there trying to get money from you, so be careful and don’t trust everyone. Hard work pays off and time is always on your side, be patient. Create your unique content and find out what you want to become, start living and thinking as if you are an artist, painter, health coach or whatever you wanna be. Thinking yourself into success is the key!